Let’s Blow Up Parliament! The 1605 Gunpowder Plot

London 1605 – The Gunpowder Plot

The gunpowder plotSitting in a cellar under the Houses of Lords, Guido “Guy” Fawkes guards a rather large amount of gunpowder. With his associate, Robert Catesby, they prepare to assassinate King James I, to return a catholic monarch to the throne.

It was in the early hours of 5 November 1605 that, following a tip-off, authorities searched Westminster Place and found Guy Fawkes guarding the gunpowder. He is taken away, tortured and questioned for several days.

Not the First Religious Assassination

Big BenAs an act of treason, Guido is sentenced to being hung, drawn and quartered. He is to be executed on January 31, but he jumped from the scaffold of the gallows and broke his neck.

This saved him from the agony of being drawn and quartered. Unknowingly he jumped into the history books as one of England’s most famous rebels and his memory will live on forever.

Time to Party!!!

Fireworks for Guy Fawkes NightSince that day, there has been a celebration on 5 November every year to commemorate the assassination attempt. This surely has to be one of the most cool celebrations of any world festival.

So why not take a wander around Westminster and the House of Lords with our Westminster Pub Walk. In memory of this inspiring act of passion we are releasing our Westminster walk for Free.

Fireworks and Beer – A great evenings entertainment!

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